Organic Chemistry

Research in organic chemistry includes organic synthesis, green chemistry, chemistry of nucleic acids and enzymes, spectroscopic characterization of reactive intermediates, analytical methods including x-ray diffraction and multi-nuclear NMR, and self-assembly.

Associated Faculty

Amit Basu

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Glycobiology
  • Polymers
  • Green chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Interfacial recognition
  • Nanomaterials
Prof. Ben McDonald

Benjamin McDonald

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

  • Synthesis/Catalysis • Polymer Chemistry • Self-Assembly • Emulsion/Colloid Science • Material Science

Jesse Morin

Lecturer in Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Developing authentic course-based research experiences for introductory organic chemistry students
  • Designing and implementing inclusive and anti-racist pedagogy
  • Areas of interest: chemical education, antibiotic discovery, synthetic organic chemistry, green chemistry

Paul G. Williard

Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • X-ray diffraction analysis
  • organolithium compounds
  • NMR
  • organometallics
  • organic synthesis

Ming Xian

Jesse Houghton Metcalf Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology

Matthew B. Zimmt

Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Nanoscience
  • Self-assembly
  • Scanning microscopies
  • Organic synthesis